Submitted by Melva L. Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
March 31, 1961 - Friday, pg 6, col 1
JOSEPH ALBERT MARX
Exertion In Fighting Brush Fire Fatal For Joseph A. Marx, Tampico
Tampico: - Whiteside County Coroner John Ardapple conducted an inquest this morning in the Schmitt Funeral Chapel in Tampico into the death of Joseph Albert Marx, 72, who died Thursday afternoon.
The verdict was death due to coronary occlusion caused by exertion in fighting a brush fire, which was getting out of control on a tract of land owned by Mr. Marx, two miles west of Rt. 88 and one mile north of Rt. 172.
Mr. Marx had gone to the field early Thursday afternoon to burn off some brush and hedge on the land. He apparently died from the exertion of trying to bring the fire under control. Glenn Gaskill of Sterling, discovered the fire and when he investigated found Marx' body which was badly burned. He was taken to the Community General Hospital in an Allen ambulance, but was dead on arrival.
The body was brought to the Schmitt Funeral Chapel where friends may call after 7 p.m. this evening. Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel Saturday at 2 p.m.,, the Rev. Richard Robinson, pastor of the Tampico Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in the Tampico Memorial cemetery.
A memorial has been established by his family with contributions to be given to the heart fund.
Mr. Marx was born in Aurora, Feb. 10, 1889, the son of Charles and Josephine Marx. He was educated in the Aurora and Tampico schools. He was married to Martha Heibel on Nov. 3, 1915 in Dodgeville, Wis. They came to Tampico to reside 28 years ago.
Survivors are his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Pearl) McCormick, 310 W. 11th St., Sterling; one son Merle, 114 Park Drive, Sterling; five grandchildren; four brothers, Jake and John, both of Spooner, Wis.; Frank, Linwood, Calif.; Carl, Milwaukee, Wis.; two sisters, Mrs. Susan Weber, Aurora; Mrs. Frank Adams, Milwaukee, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents.